Pravin Gordhan’s arrest would be a disaster for South Africa

Reports that the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, has been requested to report to the Hawks at 10h00 on Thursday 25 August 2016 is a major escalation in the “SARS Wars”.

The Daily Maverick on Tuesday reported that the Hawks have ordered Gordhan as well as former SARS deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay, group executive Johann van Loggerenberg, spokesperson Adrian Lackay and initial head of the investigative unit, Andries van Rensburg, to report to the Hawks in Pretoria on Thursday at 10am.

The fact that the Minister has been requested to appear before the Hawks suggests he may be informed about possible charges and may face arrest in connection with allegations relating to the SARS “rogue unit”.

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The arrest of the Finance Minister would shatter investor confidence, risk a sovereign ratings downgrade and be a disaster for the already fragile zero growth, zero jobs economy in South Africa.

“The only option to get to the bottom of the allegations relating to the SARS “rogue unit” is the appointment of a Judicial Commission of Inquiry in terms of Section 84 of the Constitution,” said David Maynier the DA’s Shadow Minister of Finance.

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